News in Brief: April 25 to May 1

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Renowned art history professor Robert Williams passed away April 16, according to an announcement from Chancellor Henry Yang’s office on April 30. Williams was a faculty member at UCSB since 1988, the same year that he received his Ph.D from Princeton University, according to the History of Art and Architecture website. A memorial in his honor will take place in early June.

UCSB men’s tennis captured its fourth consecutive and 12th overall Big West Conference title on Saturday, beating out rival Cal Poly 4-0. In two weeks, the team will go head-to-head with national competitors at the NCAA Team Championships. “This is just wonderful. This just never gets old winning these titles and I am so proud of the guys,” Head Coach Marty Davis said in a statement.

In women’s tennis, UCSB’s team fell short of advancing to the NCAA Tournament, after losing to the University of Hawai’i at Indian Wells. This is the team’s first failure to show at national championships since the 2014-2015 academic year. However, seniors Palina Dubavets and Natalie Da Silveria may still make it to the NCAA Tournament Doubles bracket, according to UCSB Athletics. The pair is currently ranked #42 in the national Intercollegiate Tennis Association doubles ranking.

COUNTY

Santa Barbara residents gathered at De La Guerra Plaza on Tuesday to commemorate International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day. The annual celebration of laborers drew many, advocating for fair housing and just wages. This event takes place ahead of planned AFSCME 3299 protests to rectify wage inequality and the treatment of workers on campus.

STATE

After months of back-and-forth at Board of Regents meetings, the University of California has decided to not pursue a tuition hike for the 2018-2019 academic year at May’s board meeting, according to the Los Angeles Times. The new plan is to advocate for $140 million in increased state funding to stop potential tuition hikes, alleviate overcrowding, and make necessary repairs and maintenance on campus. Students with “Fund the UC” campaigns on campus and throughout the UC system have been pushing the regents for years to avoid tuition hikes and instead advocate for increased funding.

Sacramento police nabbed a suspect purported to be the Golden State Killer, who killed four people in Goleta in 1979 and 1981. Two others were attacked but managed to escape. Former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo has been charged in other counties where the Golden State Killer was thought to have committed crimes. If linked to the serial killer, he “is believed responsible for at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and 120 burglaries,” according to Noozhawk.

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